Maine College Of Art

Maine College of Art is a dynamic college of art and design where nationally recognized faculty, interdisciplinary programs, and state-of-the-art facilities create an educational experience that gives fresh vision to Maine's extraordinary legacy in the visual arts. Founded in 1882 and fully accredited, MECA educates artists at all stages of their creative careers, offering both the Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees as well as a wide range of professional institutes and continuing studies classes for individuals of all ages.

The College gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, has been hailed as one of the finest art spaces in the Northeast for the exhibition of leading edge contemporary art.

In 1993, MECA purchased a five-story landmark former department store, the Porteous Building, to create new core facilities for the College. Located at the center of Portland's Arts District, it has received national attention as a model of downtown urban renewal and was named one of only 24 projects to receive the first Energy Star Showcase Building designation in the country by the U.S. Environme... [ Read All ]

Portland

United States

Address:
97 Spring Street
ME
04101
Phone: 1-800-699-1509
Fax: 207-772-5069
Website: www.meca.edu


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Our Aims

Maine College of Art educates artists and designers to think critically and to create. We are a small, student-oriented community led by outstanding artist-educators. All members of our community engage in a rigorous creative learning process grounded in a multidisciplinary educational philosophy. Our professional baccalaureate and graduate degree curricula, together with our continuing studies programs, educate students of all ages and stages of creative development. Through the activities and achievements of our students, graduates, faculty and staff, we advance excellence in the fields of art and design.

 


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Location and Getting there

We are located in Portland, Maine, USA. Our Website has lots of information on our location and admissions process. wwww.meca.edu  


Department and information about the department

Highlights include 24/7 access to professional quality studio space for all students, individual studio spaces for all majors with a
10:1 student to faculty ratio, and an average class sizeof 17. The average major class size is 10. MECA has
430 undergraduate students, 30 graduate students
11 majors, 3 minors and post-bac certificate options.
Full-time and part-time study options available
 


Academic Staff and Description

Maine College of Art is a special place. It is a close-knit, student-centered community where faculty mentor and support students. It is a place where you will be challenged both creatively and intellectually, encouraged to take risks, and supported in your exploration of the arts and of yourself as an artist.

Our faculty are accomplished artists and designers as well as excellent teachers who are committed first and foremost to students. Small class sizes encourage easy interaction and informal relationships.

Our students hail from 43 states and 16 countries, some coming directly from high school, others already having completed college credits elsewhere, and still others bringing significant professional experience. Their interests and backgrounds are varied, but they have in common an unusual commitment to the arts and to nurturing their talent.

 


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News and Events

In 2000, the College celebrated several milestones: 25 years of awarding BFA degrees, 25 years of Saturday School classes for young people, and 10 years of its service learning program, now called Creative Community Partnerships. Other outreach programs at MECA include Early College for high school students, the regional Scholastic Art Awards competition for middle and high school students in Maine. Since 1995, MECA has hosted an annual Art Honors gala to recognize statewide excellence, leadership and community service in the arts. We have ongoing programs of visiting artists,student exhibits and other events. For updated new and events, go to http://www.meca.edu/newsevents/ThisJustIn.aspx  


Information For  Undergraduates

MECA is noted for its strong foundation program in drawing and design, which precedes study in the major. During your first two years you will acquire the broad grounding you need to excel in your chosen field, diversify your skills, and explore interdisciplinary connections and possibilities.

Critiques each semester will give you valuable feedback, helping you to understand and evaluate your strengths and areas for growth, as you develop your individual voice in its most inventive and powerful form.

Your first year, the Foundation Year, will provide solid training for all your future creative work, with courses in drawing and design, art history, liberal arts and studio electives. In your second year, the Focus Year, you will choose from a variety of studio electives as well as focus electives in drawing and design, deepening fundamental skills within areas of particular interest. The Focus Year serves as the bridge to selecting and studying in your major. You will enter your major with the ability to choose what style, medium and techniques you want in order to communicate and express your vision.
 


Information For  Postgraduates

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts program at Maine College of Art (MECA) is a two year program designed for emerging artists. The MFA in Studio Arts is based upon an open interdisciplinary approach that encourages students to think across boundaries and integrate studio practice with conceptual and interdisciplinary theory. It has three main components:

1) Each student pursues an individualized studio curriculum in their chosen area of concentration.

2) Semesters are comprised of highly intensive residencies and sustained non-residency study. An eight-week summer intensive and a ten-day January intensive are held in both the first and second year; a five-day spring residency is held for graduating students. The curriculum is supported by an extensive roster of internationally recognized visiting artists and scholars. Fourteen-week non-residency periods include studio practice which is individually guided by non-resident instructors and coursework in interdisciplinary theory directed by MECA’s graduate faculty.

3) The interdisciplinary graduate theory program provides an integrated approach to developing a complex dia...  [ Read All ]


Information For  International Students

Our students hail from 43 states and 16 countries, some coming directly from high school, others already having completed college credits elsewhere, and still others bringing significant professional experience. Their interests and backgrounds are varied, but they have in common an unusual commitment to the arts and to nurturing their talent.

To apply for admissions as a full-time or part-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree student, the following
items must be submitted:

1. A completed and signed application form.

2. A non-refundable $60 U.S. currency application fee. Checks, money orders, and credit cards
are accepted. Please do not send cash.

3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from two of the following: art teacher, guidance
counselor, current academic teacher, and/or employer.

4. A portfolio of 15-20 pieces of the student’s recent artwork. Ideally, half of these pieces should be done from direct observation of three-dimensional, live situations. When submitting a
portfolio in slide form, slides should be submitted in an 8 1⁄2” x 11” slide sheet. All slides should
be labeled with the applica...  [ Read All ]


Alumni

Our community of MECA graduates is a diverse network of artists and designers creating and exhibiting their art throughout the world.

There are many ways alumni stay involved with MECA.

For more information about alumni, and to see the most recent edition of the alumni newsleter, go to http://www.meca.edu/mecacommunity/Alumni.aspx

 


Student Facilities

Following a $2 million renovation and refitting, the historic Everett Hotel, located one-half block from the Porteous Building, opened in August 2005 as Maine College of Art's newest residence hall - 51 Oak Street. The fully accessible, five-level facility, designed to house 80 students in a combination of double and single units, is wired for Internet access and include a laundry, quiet study room, and residents' lounge. 51 Oak Street serves the College's first-year students and is managed by the Office of Residence Life, Student Affairs Department.

The Shepley Apartments are apartment style accomodations. The 20 units house 60 students. Each apartment offers a kitchen, living room, bathroom and one or two shared bedrooms.  


Student Support

The Student Affairs Office includes the Director of Student Affairs, Academic Advisor, Student Activities, Residential Life and Counseling Services. This office provides a wide range of services, including student
advocacy, academic advising and assistance, counseling and career services, student housing, the first year seminar, disabled student services, student exhibitions, the student representative association, orientation and co-curricular activities.  


Student Life

Portland is a city that revels in art and nurtures a diverse cultural community. It has an urban sensibility and energy that draw an eclectic population from artists to entrepreneurs. The downtown, with its lively arts and Old Port districts, is home to numerous galleries, theaters, coffee houses and performance venues. The Portland Museum of Art, housed in an award-winning building by I.M. Pei & Partners, features an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts and offers free admission to MECA students. Cosmopolitan but comfortable, Portland offers all the advantages of a small city with close proximity to nature and recreation. Easy access to beaches and the seacoast offers swimming and boating, while nearby mountains feature snowboarding, skiing and hiking. Nowhere else can you find this unique mix of spectacular landscape and a contemporary art scene.

 


Student Testimonials

Ellen Rogers, '07
Hometown: Maine

"I made a career change from being a wildlife vet in Africa to come here.

I was in search of something else that I would have as much or more satisfaction in doing. I took some CS classes here, and every time I

drove by the building, I would think to myself, 'These students are just the luckiest people on Earth to get to go to art school and create art.' My wake-up call came in the form of a friend of mine who was killed. She was also a wildlife vet and I realized that if enrolling in MECA was something I wanted to do, I'd better do it now.


I enrolled in the January intensive and on the first day the instructor said, 'Today, we'll do a plaster cast,' and I felt this overwhelming urge and thought, 'Oh my God, I belong here. These people have the same interests I have.' That was the first time I ever really felt like that -like 'oh, this is my home.'

One of the most inspiring things about MECA is my fellow students. Every critique, every day in the studio, I find something that makes me stop in my tracks and just admire the creativity here. My first real critique was for a 3-D clas...  [ Read All ]


Accommodation

Dorms: 51 Oak Street

Following a $2 million renovation and refitting, the historic Everett Hotel, located one-half block from the Porteous Building, opened in August 2005 as Maine College of Art's newest residence hall - 51 Oak Street. The fully accessible, five-level facility, designed to house 80 students in a combination of double and single units, is wired for Internet access and include a laundry, quiet study room, and residents' lounge. 51 Oak Street serves the College's first-year students and is managed by the Office of Residence Life, Student Affairs Department.

The Shepley Apartments
These are apartment style accomodations. The 20 units house 60 students. Each apartment offers a kitchen, living room, bathroom and one or two shared bedrooms.
 


How To Apply

There is still time for you to apply to Maine College of Art!

MECA welcomes students to apply on a rolling admissions basis, and applications for admission are reviewed throughout the year. Our priority deadline for fall admission is February 1.

Each new student adds immeasurably to the vibrancy of our community. Applications are evaluated individually, with consideration given to the strength of the portfolio as well as academic achievement. Anyone graduating from high school or earning the equivalency may apply for admission.

MECA's community is as diverse and unique as each individual student. If you are currently enrolled at another college, you are welcome to apply and join our thriving population of transfer students. Students who are not presently in school or who are working full time are also encouraged to apply, and applicants not seeking a BFA degree may apply for special student status. MECA encourages individuals, including international students, who will contribute to the diversity of its student body to apply.

Financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available, and over 90% of our students receive f...  [ Read All ]


Visit us (open days)

To understand the special nature of the MECA community, you really must visit campus.
We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities, walk through our studios and
talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews
are available Monday-Friday. Please contact the Office of Admissions to schedule your visit.

On-Campus Events 2006-2007

Campus Visit Days
Campus tours and portfolio reviews are available by appointment. Please call the Office of
Admissions to schedule your visit.
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Completion Days
An opportunity for prospective students and applicants to complete their application by
submitting application materials or by having a portfolio review. Campus tours will also be
available.
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Accepted Student Event
Great things are planned! Stay tuned.
Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Online
If you are unable to visit us in person, take our virtual tour.  


Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Contact us. We're happy to help you discover more about MECA. For more information about the admissions process, feel free to contact the BFA Admissions Office at 1.800.699.1509 or admissions@meca.edu.